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The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya
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Aug 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2012

I really liked this. The book is about the musings of an Indian cricket writer who, intrigued by the culture and accent of the Caribbeans during one of his cricket tours to the islands, decides to spend an year there. He would roam the islands meeting interesting people most of them racially Indians whose fore-fathers came to the islands as indentured laborers and settled there. Their culture is mixed with African, Portuguese and Chinese. Their local songs have Hindi and Bhojpuri words.

Lot of narrative and dialogue in this book is in Creolese, a dialect spoken by the Caribbean. The descriptions of the dark rainforests and towns are exceptional. A good 30% of the book describes the narrator's affair with the gorgeous yet vulnerable girl Jankey with the sensibility of a poet mixed with the horniness of an adolescent. The book has some beautiful prose used for the descriptions.

Calling it a novel would be long debate. It is a travelogue - only more personal and intimate. Some brilliant writing.

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Amruth Kumar Juturu hmm...looks good...but I am afraid Indian authors can't stand up to the mark....

Rahul Ravi hmm...I mostly prefer reading books which have some Indian connection in the story...also this one's won The Hindu literary prize...:)

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